Rifle Barrel Length

Re: Rifle Barrel Length

Postby hammAR » Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:51 am

Missing the entire point of my comparison, I removed the "offending" statements and agree that rather than rail guns they were extremely refined bench rest platforms with no real rifleman participation.......are there any other fine points regarding objectives and applications that need editorial castration.

precision competition vs accuracy application
21 3/4 vs 18
Appleseed vs F-Class
Sharps 45/110 vs Tikka 7mm RemMag


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Re: Rifle Barrel Length

Postby Rip Van Winkle » Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:46 pm

Just some miscellanies thoughts in no particular order about this thread.

Life is full of compromises , accuracy has little to do with barrel length but everything to do with velocity. IIRC, with a 308win you lose around 50fps for every inch of barrel between 26 to 18 inches. A shorter rifle is lighter and easier to handle and if the loss of velocity isn't as important to you as a handier package than it’s worth it.

I think Goalie summed it up, know your rifle.

Besides the loss of velocity, I can think of two reasons why a “Sniper” wouldn’t want a shorter barreled rifle, muzzle flash and report. It’s just plain unpleasant to be next to a Short barreled rifle on the firing line, it can’t be much better down range.

Longer barreled rifles will shoot well with a greater variety of bullet weights and powders.

I find it interesting the author in the OP uses 920 yards as the yardstick to compare ballistics on his rifle. The 308 win has a nasty habit of running out of steam between 900 and 1000 yards if not loaded properly and 920 yards is right about where a loss of velocity with the short barrel would show up. (For those who haven't been paying attention, “running out of steam” means the bullet is going trans-sonic and destabilizing.)

The optimum 21 3/4” barrel length mentioned in the Huston Warehouse article as best as I can tell is for the 22ppc cartridge. Optimum length, if there is such a thing, for other cartridges will differ.

Most sniper wannabes’ can't shoot as well as they think they can, and most rarely shoot over 100 yards, so what difference does it make?

YMMV, yadda, yadda, yadda. :toast:
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Re: Rifle Barrel Length

Postby hammAR » Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:10 pm

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Re: Rifle Barrel Length

Postby Justaguy » Thu Mar 27, 2014 5:23 pm

I heard SEALs us Tikka 7RM.
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Re: Rifle Barrel Length

Postby jgalt » Thu Mar 27, 2014 5:50 pm

Justaguy wrote:I heard SEALs us Tikka 7RM.


They must be hiding them well, 'cause I don't see any... :lol:

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Re: Rifle Barrel Length

Postby xd ED » Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:03 pm

jgalt wrote:
Justaguy wrote:I heard SEALs us Tikka 7RM.


They must be hiding them well, 'cause I don't see any... :lol:

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cause I don't see any...


that's when you need to worry…. :?


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